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Immigration Law

Reflections on 5-4 Travel Ban Decision: Prof. Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia

Prof. Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia - "The human impact of Travel Ban 3.0 cannot be overstated. The ban has been in full effect since December 4, 2017, because of written orders by the Supreme Court. Well before today’s ruling, America has already witnessed devastating consequences, including hundreds of families separated. Iranian parents have lost the opportunity to visit the United States to see their child graduate. Syrian students courted by a university for years have missed the chance to obtain a visa and study in the United States. Yemeni husbands have been stranded in Djibouti unable to reunite with their American wives and children in the United States because of a civil war in Yemen and refusal by a consulate to issue a visa. I have personally witnessed each of these scenarios in my work, and the feeling has been nothing short of heartbreak. If there is a silver lining to be found in today’s decision, it is a deep admiration for the quality of lawyering by the plaintiffs’ counsel and the incredible solidarity and resilience among Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities most impacted by today’s ruling."


Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia is the Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and founding director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Penn State Law. She co-authored an amicus brief for scholars of immigration law on the history of the Immigration and Nationality Act in support of Hawaii in Trump v. Hawaii.